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>> hogan! hogan! hogan! >> this is "piers morgan tonight." good evening. our big story tonight, 28 days to go until the election. mitt romney's on the move. in the newest cnn poll conducted after last week's debate, the president's lead in the all important battleground state of ohio has narrowed to just four points. that's within the poll's margin of error. so neck and neck. no surprise therefore that both candidates are in ohio tonight. the challenger taking aim at the president just a few minutes ago. >> they chant four more years, four more years, and today, there are 28 days before the election. i think the right chant ought to be for them, four more weeks, four more weeks. and with an audience like this -- >> four more weeks! four more weeks! >> president obama fired back in a campaign event at ohio state university. >> that is not change, that is a
relapse. we have been there. we have tried that. we are not going back. we are moving forward and that's why i'm running for a second term as president of the united states. >> joining me now from the obama campaign, deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter. welcome, stephanie. >> thank you, piers. >> everyone seems to agree that your boss had a very bad debate. what i haven't heard yet from anybody inside the campaign is why. why did he do so badly? >> well, you know, piers, i don't think he did that badly. >> really? >> i think that we were all a little taken aback by mitt romney's performance and mitt romney had a great performance. but that's just what it was, it was a performance. he didn't stick to any of his policies that he's been running for on the campaign trail, and you know, i think that that's not the mitt romney we expected but now that we know that, we're ready. >> so when you say you're ready, what does that mean? is the president going to come out fighting or is he going to look up from his notes, is he
going to look like he's paying any attention? it was a very strange thing to watch. as somebody like me who admires the president and has always seen him as a great orator and a good debater. >> well, we are looking forward to the next debate, and the president is very much looking forward to the next debate. >> how are you feeling about the polls closing rapidly, because i would imagine this must be some concern to you. >> well, you know, we feel like this is exactly what we have said would happen all along. we have said from the beginning that this is going to be a tight race, it will be a tight race all the way up until election day. we feel good about where we are in battleground states and as you know, that's where it matters. both in terms of the public polling, but also in terms of what we've built on the ground. remember, we have several different pathways to get to 270. mitt romney doesn't. so we feel pretty good about where we are in this race. there's been some tightening as a result of mitt romney's debate performance but we think that that is temporary and can be turned around. >> in ohio, for example, president obama's leading by seven to ten points before the
debate. that is now shortened to just 4%, 51-47. it's getting tight, isn't it? president obama cannot afford to have -- >> that's just one poll. >> sorry? >> right. that's in the cnn poll. but there are a lot of other polls out there. we feel good about where we are on the ground, particularly in ohio. as a result of what the president did on the auto bailout, let's remember, mitt romney opposed that. what we've done to increase opportunities for kids to get education, let's remember mitt romney wants to cut that. so at every turn, you know, the president is moving america forward, including ohio forward. mitt romney wants to take us back. >> you guys decided that the best line of defense was attack after debate and say basically yes, mitt romney had a good debate but it was all a pack of lies. and he actually responded to the main lie allegation which is this thing that he's going to be apparently charging a $5 trillion tax cut to the american people, and you've got a -- not personally by name, but we now
know it was you. let's just play a clip of this and see what your reaction is. >> well, actually, the president's charge of a $5 trillion tax cut is obviously inaccurate and wrong, because when he says this, let's look at all the rates you're lowering, and then he ignores the fact that i say we're also going to limit deductions and credits and exemptions. he ignores that part. obviously that was corrected by his deputy campaign manager, who said that she stipulated that in fact, the $5 trillion number was wrong. it's completely wrong. >> he's talking about you there, stephanie. >> he is. >> he says that you said it was wrong. >> that's right. right. piers, i'm really glad you brought that up. so there's this thing called math and here are mitt romney's tax cuts. if you add up lowering the tax rate by 20%, eliminating the alternative minimum tax, repealing the high income payroll, repealing the estate tax, and lowering taxes for corporations, that totals $5
trillion. so that's mitt romney's tax cut. it costs $5 trillion. now, is he going to close loopholes and deductions that he won't name? for those at the top? let's give him the benefit of the doubt. there's still not one economist in this country that can point to yes, he can close loopholes and deductions for those at the very top and that will add up to $5 trillion. because it doesn't. there aren't enough loopholes and deductions to equal $5 trillion. so there's still going to be a gap there. how do you pay for that gap? you can either just add it to the deficit or you can close deductions and loopholes for middle class families. that's the mortgage deduction, the child deduction, charitable deduction, and that's been estimated to be about $2,000 for middle class families. that's the math. so he's taking my words out of context. it is a $5 trillion tax cut that he cannot pay for. >> let's just clarify two things there. one is did you say that it was wrong. is he right when he says that? >> no. what i said, piers, was the total of his tax cuts cost $5 trillion. now, if he's going to close
loopholes and deductions, you know, that cost will be lowered. but it's not going to be lowered enough for this thing to be totally paid for. the only way to do that -- >> i understand that. >> -- is to close deductions for middle class families. >> this is quite important. it's quite important because -- >> he's wrong. >> okay. let's discuss how he's wrong. because what he says is when the president keeps saying as he did in that debate it's a $5 trillion tax cut, you are already conceding that it's quite likely that he is going to, as he says, eliminate some credits and exemptions. you don't think it may be $5 trillion but it might be a trillion, it might be $2 trillion. whatever it is, you have already indicated again that you don't really believe it will be a $5 trillion tax cut. >> no. what i have indicated was he has a $5 trillion tax cut. he hasn't told us how he's going to pay for it. the only thing he has said is he is going to close deductions and loopholes for those at the upper end. >> do you believe him? >> if you do the math on that -- >> do you believe him? >> -- there aren't enough loopholes and deductions that
equal $5 trillion. that money has to come from some place else. >> i understand that. >> so he's asking us to just trust him, that that's what he's going to do. but you know, even if we trust him, there is no mathematical way, no mathematical possibility for him to come up with enough loopholes and deductions to come up with $5 trillion. it's just not possible. either he's being dishonest about his tax cut or he just doesn't get it. >> so he is lying, you think? >> i don't think he's being honest about his tax cut. i watch from the sidelines, the republican primary, and even on a cnn debate, he said we're going to lower taxes for everybody, even those at the top, even those at the top are going to get a tax cut. he said that. now he's saying no, there's no tax cut. so which is it? >> well, we shall find out, no doubt. stephanie cutter, thank you very much for joining me. >> thank you, piers. >> joining me now from the romney camp is senior campaign advisor, dan senor. how are you, dan?
>> hey, piers, how are you? >> stephanie cutter wants an answer out of your guy. she wants to hear exactly where these exemptions and credits are going to come from. have you any idea? >> well, first of all, i would say that listening to stephanie's interview, it's sympt symptomatic of what's been going on with the obama campaign. at the debate you had 70 million people get an unfiltered look and you heard barack obama unable to explain what has really happened over the last for years, nor lay out any real rationale for a second term and they saw an energetic mitt romney brimming with ideas, pretty focused, and extremely competent. as far as the tax plan, look, he has said he will not pass a tax plan that is not deficit neutral. he's been very clear about this. his principles are do not change or modify the share of taxes paid at the upper income level, reduce the tax burden on the middle income level, cut rates
across the board, particularly so you can create a more welcoming environment for small businesses, reduce the tax burden on small businesses, which are responsible for a disproportionate percentage of employment in this country, and you can do a lot of this by generating growth, getting rid of deductions, getting rid of a lot of the credits, getting rid of a lot of the loopholes and that is the plan he will put forward to congress. >> here's the thing. dan, here's the thing. nobody disputes that he intends to do some of this. what we don't know is how he intends to do it, and the specifics and until we get that, i think barack obama is perfectly entitled at the next two debates to take him on it, say hang on, you're cutting taxes by $5 trillion but what are you actually going to do to make up the $5 trillion? as stephanie cutter says, at the moment, the american public is just going to have to trust him. now, mitt romney may or may not be the most trustworthy guy when it comes to credits and exemptions. i have no idea. if he became president, if he would stick to this. but do we anticipate from the romney camp, from mitt romney
himself, in the next 28 days, that we will get the devil of the detail on this? >> look, look, piers, you know, president obama has talked about reducing the corporate tax rate. he's talked a lot about reducing the corporate tax rate. he actually hasn't outlined specifically how he would make sure that that reform was revenue neutral. he's laid out some principles. we're laying out some principles for how this process would go forward in a legislative process. you got to sit down with democrats and republican, you got to create a bipartisan environment which mitt romney has a record of doing in massachusetts, 80% of the legislature was democrat, he managed to get a lot done, balanced the budget four times in massachusetts. how do we know he can do this? he balanced the budget four times in four years straight in massachusetts without raising taxes. he knows how to do this. he knows how to bring people together, work across party lines. part of the reason i think he was so well received during last week's debate is people saw a very accessible, optimistic, energetic guy who has this
record of working with people from across the political spectrum and i think he'll do that when he gets into congress, implementing and negotiating based upon these principles that he's laid out. >> two big debates coming up in the next week. one is the vice president debate. everyone expects joe biden to come out like raging bull and try and redress the balance of a rather dopey president obama the other night. if he does that, and the polls start to swing back on the back of it which could happen, what kind of mitt romney can we expect in the second debate? will he stay the same, will he respond to a more aggressive barack obama? what are you anticipating? >> yeah, sure. look, we have always expected that this race would be close and in that respect, i agree with stephanie's analysis. again, i think what was so dramatic last week and this what is the obama campaign is having such a hard time with, is for the last four years, barack obama has never been on a stage with someone who has actually been able to hold him to account for his record. you know, 47 million people on
food stamps, one in six million -- sorry, one in six americans living in poverty, 23 million americans searching for work. no one has actually sat there and held him to account on the same platform, asked the tough questions, had him explain for the failure, the misery that this economy is right now and lay out a plan going forward. and i think mitt romney is just going to keep doing that. barack obama can spin and his surrogates can say some of the things stephanie was saying and they can run all these ads they're distractions and try to win this race outside of those debates. but these debates are important because you have two people unfiltered going back and forth on their ideas and their records, and so far, governor romney i think has laid out a pretty compelling case and the president's has been pretty weak. >> so far, he's certainly winning the battle of the debates but there are two more to go and a lot to play for. thank you very much. >> good to be with you, piers. coming up, the actress under fire for supporting mitt romney. why she's facing racist attacks. stacy dash talks to me
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joining me now, possibly the most controversial woman in america right now. she had the audacity as a black actress to vote for mitt romney. can you believe that? she actually said on twitter i want you to vote for mitt romney. you may remember stacey dash from the '90s hit "clueless." she has never been known for her politics but she is now. and it's all because of one tweet. welcome. this is your first, you say only television interview. so i feel very honored. i'm going to say, when i read about this, i felt offended for you. i don't have a horse in this race. i'm british. i can't vote for anybody. but the idea that you as a black actress would come under such venomous attack purely because
you decided you wanted to vote for one of the two candidates, i think is extremely objectionable. how have you dealt with the fallout from all this? >> well, you know, people are going to have their own opinion and that's the point. we're all entitled to our opinion. and i used my platform to exercise my first amendment right as an american citizen to say who i am choosing to vote for. >> an interesting thing to me is you voted for barack obama at the last election. >> yes, i did. >> so you were a democrat then. >> yes. >> why have you decided to change to mitt romney? >> i would say because of the state of the country and i want the next four years to be different. and i believe him. i've watched him for awhile and then when i watched him, the governor and his wife on "meet the press" with david gregory, you know, they spoke to me and
they seemed authentic and genuine in what they said about this country, and the need for us to be united, and move forward. and you know, really bring up our economy, make money. >> the extraordinary thing is the tweet you put out, your followers have gone up by nearly 30,000 so congratulations, you said vote for romney, the only choice for your future. hardly the most scandalous thing ever. let me ask you this. do you think it's purely because you are a famous black woman or is it because you are an actress and there aren't many actresses full stop who are republicans? what do you think has been the predominant factor in the fury? >> you know, i really don't understand the fury. i don't understand it. i don't get it. >> were you shocked? were you saddened? >> yes, shocked, saddened, not angry. saddened and shocked. really shocked. but you know what, you can't
expect everyone to agree with you. >> these people here, this is somebody who tweeted you're an unemployed black woman endorsing mitt romney. you're voting against yourself thrice, you poor beautiful idiot. somebody else just put kill yourself, you old hag. >> wow. really. >> i mean, really disgusting. >> that is. that's pretty harsh. >> you say you don't feel angry but what do you feel? do you feel offended by this? >> i don't feel offended because come on, you know. >> you think it's stupid? >> just come on. you know? i don't feel offended. i just feel that, you know, as a country, this is my choice. this is the man i want to lead my country. it is my right as an american citizen. it's my constitutional right to have my choice of who i want to vote for for president. >> i think you should be allowed to have it. >> i chose him not by the color of his skin but the content of his character. >> have you heard from mitt romney at all? >> yes. well, not mitt romney. paul ryan.
>> paul ryan rang you? >> yes, he did. >> what did he say? >> he said thank you so much for your support and that i was brave and that they support me. and i thought that was just so generous and kind, you know. lovely, really. >> any of the obama campaign been up? >> no, they haven't. >> what does it say to you about the state of the political discourse and debate in america that one innocuous tweet from you, purely because you're an actress and the color of your skin, sparked this kind of mayhem? >> i think it tells me that our state -- the state of our country is that we are not united. we need to be united. and we all need to understand that we are all capable of achieving the american dream. and you know, but that has to be something that is self-realized. and also, to demonize someone for achieving the american dream
is unfair. >> i'm told you have a 22-year-old son which i find very hard to believe. >> yes. >> but you do, apparently, who wasn't that happy either with your political choice. >> he's not. >> he's an obama man? >> he's an obama man and that's fine. i love him for it. i love the fact that he's involved, that he cares, he's 22 and, you know, he has a point of view about his country. that's important. >> interestingly, the polls are moving to mitt romney quite fast since his debate performance but particularly, with women. lot of women. they can't all be white women. i don't believe, although some polls say there's zero black vote, you are living proof that that's not true. other polls say 3% or whatever. clearly, there is a movement towards mitt romney. clearly other black women will be voting for him. >> yes. >> what is your message to those out there who feel they can't because there's a black president, they feel a duty, perhaps a sense of loyalty to him because of the color of his skin to vote for him?
>> what do i say to them? i say do your homework. look at your country. think about the next four years of your life. you know? also, look at mitt romney's track record as a ceo, he's excelled. as the governor of massachusetts, he did quite well. and you know, listen to what he says. i believe him. i believe he deserves a shot. >> well, whether people agree with you or not, i absolutely defend your right to be here, to vote for who you like. the idiots tweeting you are, to coin a phrase, clueless. >> oh, dear. >> stacey dash, been a pleasure to see you. >> thank you so much, piers. >> you keep battling your own corner. stacey dash has made up her mind. other female voters seem to be changing their minds. will they be the tipping point in this election? battleground america coming next. oh no, not a migraine now.
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leadership. that's salesmanship. >> president obama taking on mitt romney in his post-surge debate. let's bring in my political all-star panel. charles blow, columnist for the "new york times" and former romney foreign policy spokesman, rick grinell. welcome to you both. let's start with this stacey dash thing. there is a very nice, attractive, talented young black actress who decides because she has come to this conclusion i i'm -- i voted for obama before, i'm voting for romney now and all hell breaks loose. she's the subject of a vicious attack on twitter by all sorts of people. what do you make of it? >> listen, i think it's unfortunate that anybody can make up their mind and vote however they want. i think also, you do have to realize that there are people who kind of gravitate to vote in groups and they kind of think in groups. i think we sometimes just look
at the racial group but there are people who vote in gender lines, they look at whether or not there's a war on women and whether or not you should be a woman voting for the gop, for instance. a lot of people make that argument. there's sexual orientation, there's kind of ethnic -- >> right. but in this particular case -- >> all i'm saying is should she have been attacked, of course not. do i believe that people kind of gravitate towards each other and say our interests are best served by one candidate or another, i think that that's also true. >> do you think it was mainly because she was a black actress or because she was an actress and actually in hollywood there aren't many actresses who say vote mitt romney? >> i think maybe there's some bit of both. i have no idea. as you know, there are a lot of people on twitter, some people there do not say the nicest things to people, tuparticularl people in the public eye. that happens a lot. can i get into the mind of people who do that sort of
thing, i absolutely cannot. is it in general, do people think that more of hollywood is liberal than conservative? i think that people generally think that's true. >> rick, what do you make of this? it seems a particularly poisonous reaction. she seems a perfectly nice young lady to me. she's perfectly entitled for who the hell she likes. you guys are the beneficiary here of her vote. i'm sure mitt romney is very happy about that. but it came in a week when there was an 18 point swing back to mitt romney amongst women. hardly surprising that a woman, despite the fact she's a black actress, has decided that she prefers mitt romney now. lots of women are making that decision. so why the fury? >> i think there are lots of blacks supporting romney. there are lots of gays supporting romney. this media narrative that it's just simply group think and that everybody is supporting one candidate, i think is part of the problem. i think the media have got to grow up and understand that it's very diverse out there. i also would say that there's not enough attention on the
intolerant left that's developing right now. i certainly have been a target of it. i'm sure stacey would say she now recognizes it. the left, you know, gave us some great things. they pushed tolerance in many ways. but now i think those champions of old have become the intolerants of today, and that's sad. and we don't have enough liberals actually speaking out to say this is wrong, we're supposed to be leading the way on tolerance but yet we're the first ones to jump on people and say if you're a racial group, if you're a group defined by sexual orientation, that you must tow the party line and be a democrat. i think that's very un-american. >> charles blow? >> well, you can't say both things. you can't say that the media is responsible for group think and then have a group condemnation. you can't say that the media is responsible for this and then condemn all liberals as being part of this kind of conspiracy
or kind of going after people. i think there are people in general who are intolerant. those people are wrong for their intolerance. i think that people in general have the right to make up their own minds about who they vote for, how they live their lives and whathave you. that's a very different thing than saying that all of any group is responsible for anything. >> what i find objectionable about what happened to her and also to jack welch, who has been a regular guest on this show and i like him very much, he's been a brilliant businessman in america, done more for the american economy than many people, he got absolutely eviscerated this week. there's no other way to describe it. you may not agree with what he said. he was questioning the jobs figures and maybe with hindsight he should have used a question mark. but the level of vitriol rained down on his head again for one tweet basically saying come on, these figures don't quite make sense, i found that pretty objectionable. rick, what do you make of what happened to him, to jack welch?
>> well, again, you know, i think what we just heard from charles, who is a prominent liberal, is exactly part of i think this problem, is that we whittle around the fact that when liberals are intolerant, we can't say it for some reason. we have to pretend like it's -- everyone is intolerant and we just can't say look, it's wrong to go after stacey because she's decided as a black woman to support mitt romney. >> who didn't say that? i just said that. >> let me finish. >> what are you talking about? i just said that. >> you actually didn't say that. >> i said it was wrong to go after stacey. are you seriously saying that i didn't say that? >> what i'm saying, charles, is that you can't just say that intolerance exists. what you need to be able to do is say when liberals are intolerant that it's wrong and call them out on it. you are somebody who they look up to. if you said it, if you called it out without having piers morgan pull it out of you, it -- >> nobody pulled anything out of me.
understand this. >> i didn't hear you say it, charles. >> nobody has to pull anything out of me. not today or ever. >> i didn't hear you condemn it on twitter. >> i said that so if you want to rewrite what just happened, you do that on your own time. that's not what happened. i said that nobody should be condemned for choosing whatever point of view they want to choose. now, i said that just today on this show. if you want to try to say something else, that's not going to happen today. you can't rewrite what i said. >> i'm not. all i'm saying is i didn't hear you say it. >> then get your ifp right in your ear so you can hear what i'm saying. >> let's take a little break, calm down. i'm going to come back and very aggressively try to pull more things out of charles blow to disprove his point that it can't be done. now, that's what i call a test drive. silverado! the most dependable, longest lasting, full-size pickups on the road. so, what do you think?
but people are still frustrated about the economy, they want it fixed yesterday so just show up with a sunny face and say i didn't say all that stuff i said the last two years. i don't have that tax plan i had for the last two years. are you going to believe me or your lying eyes here? come on. what are you doing? >> on the attack, that's bill clinton in nevada today taking on mitt romney. clinton's message is clear. is it enough to keep obama in office? let's bring back my political all-stars. charles, when you hear bill clinton, isn't this one of the problems for barack obama? bill clinton is ten times as passionate and aggressive going after mitt romney than the president seems to want to be right now. it's not helpful to him, i don't think. people are like we would vote for clinton but why isn't the president doing this? >> i think that on the stump you get a much more passionate barack obama. i think that what people are kind of dumbfounded by is what happened at the debate because the person that you see on the
stump, the person who gave a speech, all the speeches in '08, the person who gave the speech at the convention, that person was not necessarily the same obama that was at the debate and whether that was a strategic decision to seem more presidential or whatever, whatever the calculation was, it was just hard to square with the obama on the stump. >> i think the obama campaign are just off the point. look at this new obama tack ad. this is involving big bird. >> how he will cut the deficit, he says he can make the math work by eliminating local public funding for -- funding for pbs. >> that wasn't the right tape. the right tape is the obama attack ad where he goes through these terrible people and you end up with big bird and he's wrecking your life, blah, blah, blah. my argument with that is that it just seemed very trivial. of all the things to now go
after mitt romney about, big bird? we've got it now. let's watch it. >> bernie madoff. ken lay. dennis kozlowski. criminals, gluttons of greed and the evil genius that towered over him? one man has the guts to speak his name. >> big bird. >> it's me, big bird. >> big, yellow, a menace to our economy. mitt romney knows it's not wall street you have to worry about. it's sesame street. >> rick, you see, if i was on your side, i would be like i would welcome this. it looks unpresidential, a bit silly, a bit school play ground, latching on one quite light-hearted although it had a good point to it, i thought the pbs point romney made, whether you agree with it or not it's a reasonable point to make. but going after him in the wrong way. if i was going after mitt romney and i was a democrat president right now, i would be going after him hard and serious about his plan to get america back to work, his plan to revive the
economy, the tax plans at the moment have no real beef to them. >> i think you're exactly right. a lot of republicans look at that and they say keep doing that, because they're going to lose. i think the obama campaign really doesn't have a message right now. they've tried contraception, they've tried fuzzy math, they tried mitt romney's just lying. they're really grasping at straws for just anything and this big bird ad is just the latest. i think let them keep doing that, because they don't really want to talk about the economy. i think what the american people saw the other night was the true barack obama, when he doesn't have a teleprompter, when he's not scripted, and when the media aren't there to really take over for him, you kind of see what we've always seen for the last four years, not a lot of leadership, not a lot of plans, just somebody who really enjoys being the president. i think he's a nice guy but i think he's in way over his head. >> charles, i was watching wolf blitzer's very good interview with mitt romney earlier today. the one overriding thing that
struck me, romney now believes he can win. he looks presidential, he sounded the part, he was measured, he was articulate. he had good answers for every question. this is a guy who has got his gander up. >> right. but what the debate showed us is how quickly the winds can shift. so when you had the conventions, the winds were at obama's back. obama basically, the democrats put on a better convention, quite frankly so they had the momentum. now after the first debate, mitt romney has the momentum. but things shift so quickly. the best way to get over one debate is to have another one, which we will have on thursday. so i think getting -- coasting and believing that you have everything wrapped up, either one of these candidates at this point, is really a problem. >> i agree with that although i think this is -- the really crucial debate is the next one between romney and obama. if romney was to win again by the same yardstick he won this time, it could be game over. thank you both gentlemen very much indeed. next, a change of pace. we've had a bit of wrestling and
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hulk hogan is more than a wrestling superstar. he's an american original in the ring and out, he gets all our attention. he's now with tna impact wrestling which you can see every thursday on spike tv. hulk hogan joins me now. hulk, before we get into politics and life in the universe, a certain story has bubbled up this week about you involving a certain videotape. >> yes, sir. >> how are you handling it? >> well, it's the big white elephant in the room we can't avoid. you take a deep breath, you have to make sure that you're honest, because you have to be accountable, and you know, you address it and at the end of the day, you know, pray to god that those that love you and the people close to you like your friends and sometimes you don't even know if they're your friends, but your children and your wife knows who you are, and you get on situations like your show and when asked, you know, at the end of the day, you know,
you realize it was a horrible choice. i am accountable and any excuse i make, whether it was a rough time in my life or the people that were there were my friends and they kind of made me -- none of that matters. it's just that you're accountable and be honest. >> it must be very humiliating. have you ever been through anything quite like this where you actually have yourself having sex on a video that people are watching, especially in the internet age? how do you feel about that? >> never. i've been through a lot of stuff. i've been through a lot of stuff with the federal government, back in the '80s, the whole steroid controversy. divorce, car wrecks, i have been through so much stuff but never have i ever been this embarrassed and never has my world been turned upside down in such a fashion, and without knowledge that someone would set a camera up. poor choice, admit it, it's me. i did that. >> this is years old, right? >> it's years. i have been married five years. it's probably six years old or more. >> you had no idea. >> no. >> are you any closer to knowing
who betrayed you? >> at this point, no. we had tmz who they're the fact-finding mission and at this point they become a very legitimate source as of their track record. they're pointing to a friend of mine and to this day i would have to see the tape to believe that. i haven't seen the tape because they saytape, they say there is a verbal reference on camera appearance, after i'm gone that, you know, puts him in the hot seat. but he's such a close friend, i would have to see that to believe it. >> let's move on. >> yes, sir. >> the elephant out of the room. disappearing off over the hills, back to the prairie. let's talk about politics. are you an obama man. switching to mitt romney. second guest tonight. why? >> it was all about change. i went all the way down the road with obama i had my own opinions about america, flat tax, all that stuff. crazy stuff that people who know
nothing about politics throw out. duh. when obama laid out the platform, change, how things would happen and four years down the road and see, you know what? didn't make a difference. maybe it's larger than he is. so i'm really looking for someone to moeft neve the needl. the ratings, unemployment. national debt. the foreign policy. somebody please get in there, use some common sense is that possible. move the needle. i don't want four years of the same. >> what do you make of america right now? >> i think we're in trouble. i think across the board, you know, with the unemployment, the poverty, focusing on different foreign countries and their problems, which in my opinion, a lot of the stuff isn't our business, you know, targeting nations and nationalities when it's just a few people, such as different terrorist groups, like bin laden, something like that.
i think we're sometimes stepping across the line. i'd like to reel everything back in, take care of america first. >> how are you physically? you are vast. >> i am 59 years old, and i probably weigh between 280, maybe 280 pounds. kind of like how much i weighed when i was in ninth or tenth grade as a very fat kid in school. >> when you go into bars, do people come up and try it on? >> no, that's what's so funny, is, you know, i really don't go to bars. once in a while i'll go out with my wife, jennifer, and we'll have a drink or something like that, but people are basically nice across the board. that whole thing, you know, does anybody try a shot at the fake wrestler, whatever their thing is. it doesn't happen. people are really basically pretty darn nice across the board. >> i remember you in rocky iii. one of your favorite scenes, where you took sly stallone and
smashed your back on his knee. >> stallone let me cora graph and remembered me ad lib. i said if i can't break your spirit, i'll break your back, balboa. and it went down in american cinematography as one of the greatest cameos ever, and today people still call me thunder lips. i don't have the hair anymore, but i still have the look. >> you will always be thunder lips to me, hulk hogan. >> in terms of injury, what physical shape are you in? >> it's been a rough ride. i kind of like pioneered this crazy industry, switching gears with vince mcmahon jr., who took over from his dad, god bless his soul. at the end of the day, i didn't have a bunch of wrestlers helping me at the time, and i had to be everywhere all the time, flying sometimes 300 days a year, sometimes wrestling more than days a year.
twice on saturday, twice on sunday. the fake wrestling gave me knee replacement, two hip replacements, eight back surgeries and elbows cleaned out a couple times, a lot of vision lost in this eye. that fake wrestling does hurt. >> i want to see the summer slider. >> right. right. >> triple h slug it out right in front of me. they were hitting each other. it may be fake, but it still hurts. >> brock is the real deal. >> great to see you. >> so nice. thank you so much. >> and tna implant wrestling event, in phoenix, get down there. see the hulk in action. "only in america." the greatest taxi driver story you will ever hear. is a complete multivitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. it has more of 7 antioxidants to support cell health.
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waldo marin. an immigrant from ethiopia, a cab driver in las vegas, and a few weeks back, while cleaning out his taxi, he found a computer case in the backs and inside, $221,000 in cash. mr. waldo marin makes less than $17,000 and sends a lot of it back home to provide for his family in africa. $221,000 would change his life and the lives of his family. did he consider it for even a second? no, he didn't. he brought it to the taxi company's attention. held it until the guy who left the money in the cab came forward for it. he thanked waldo marin and gave him a tip, $2,000. and mr. waldo marin went back to working hard in his cab. we tracked him down, and he doesn't speak english, so a friend translated. he doesn't think what he did was an